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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tropical cyclone crosses Pilbara coast, Australia

Update, 7.45pm (10.45pm AEST) Thursday: Tropical Cyclone Heidi has crossed WA's Pilbara coast, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the region.At 5pm the cyclone was was estimated to be 170km south of Port Hedland, 110 kilometres north northeast of Tom Price and moving south at 15 km/h.

The cyclone is moving across the central inland Pilbara over areas south of Whim Creek to Tom Price, bringing wind gusts of up to 100km/h.

The cyclone has been downgraded to a category 1 and the Bureau of Meteorology says the cyclone is weakening as it moves inland but squally conditions are expected to continue near the centre overnight as it tracks into the north-east Gascoyne.

People between Port Hedland and Karratha, including Whim Creek are being told to prepare for minor flooding today and those in the Ashburton River catchment area are being told to expect minor flooding tonight and tomorrow.

Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett said that although the intensity of the wind was lessening, there was lots of rain.

“Some people have had flooding in their roofs, and electrical faults,” she said. Read More